News from the Department 'Integration and Conflict'

CASCA Workshop Report

November 22, 2018
The workshop “Ideas and Practices: Exploring Economic and Social Transformation in Central Asia” on 11–13 October 2018 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology brought together about forty scholars working on Central Asia. Over two-and-a-half days, the participants reflected on the rapid social change brought about by the economic and political transformations in the region during the last decade. [more]

Conference Report: Punishment – Negotiating Society

November 13, 2018
The conference “Punishment – Negotiating Society” on 14–16 February 2018, the third conference organized as part of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS – REMEP), provided a forum for discussion between researchers studying punishment in a wide variety of contexts. The participants, representing such diverse disciplines as history, political science, legal studies, criminology, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, came from Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. [more]

The Development of Central Asia after the Fall of the Soviet Union

October 01, 2018
On 11–13 October a workshop entitled “Ideas and Practices: exploring economic and social transformation in Central Asia” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Participants will present the results of their research on the far-reaching processes of transformation that have taken place in the Central Asian states since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The workshop was organized by the Centre for Anthropological Studies on Central Asia (CASCA), a cooperation between the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the MPI and the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ISEK) at the University of Zurich. The workshop will be held in English. [more]

The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Peter Finke

August 28, 2018
The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Peter Finke [more]

Towards a Better Understanding of Postcolonial Societies

August 16, 2018
Interview with Jacqueline Knörr about her new book [more]

More than Chaos and Catastrophe: Somalia in Transition

June 15, 2018
When people think about Somalia they typically think of it as a hopeless case, a failed state in which nothing functions as it should, a state without a future that threatens international peace. But in fact, this perspective is distorted and one-sided. One problem is that much of the basic sociological and ethnographic data we have about Somalia indeed date back to the 1960s–1980s. The conference “Continuity and change in Somali society, politics, and economy in the longue durée”, which will take place from 20 to 22 June at the MPI for Social Anthropology, aims to offer a more nuanced picture of Somalia based on current social science research. It will be held in English. [more]

Workshop: Land deals and their consequences in the Global South

May 17, 2018
The last decade has seen a massive increase in large-scale land deals in many countries of the Global South – a phenomenon that has had far-reaching consequences for the local population, the environment, and economic relations. These processes will be the topic of an international workshop “Transformations and visions: responses, alternatives and resistances to large-scale land deals in the Global South” on 23–25 May at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The workshop will be held in English. [more]

Where to? What happens when people lose their livelihoods?

April 24, 2018
Video recording of the Max Planck Forum in Halle. [more]

Out-migration and its effects in West Africa

April 03, 2018
Workshop on the social and economic impacts of migration in the countries of origin [more]

Roundtable discussion – Everyday boundaries: migrants in Halle

February 19, 2018
Current scholarly and political debates about migration to Germany and to Europe more generally have focused on how migrants and asylum-seekers can successfully be integrated in the new society. The research initiative ‘Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion’ (WiMi) financed by the Max Planck Society turns its gaze instead to the patterns and mechanisms that produce exclusion. On 27 February 2018 the initiative will hold a roundtable discussion on the specific context of Halle, offering a variety of perspectives on ways that migrants are marginalized and excluded in everyday life. [more]

Punishment and Its Connection to Retaliation and Mediation

February 06, 2018
Conference at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on penal norms and social order [more]

Campus Talks with Prof. Dr. Günther Schlee: How terrorists are made

November 13, 2017
The German ARD TV show Campus Talks hosted Prof. Dr. Günther Schlee, Director of the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’. He talked on the stage of the Volksbühne in Berlin about the challenges anthropologists have to face during their fieldwork and the ethical standards they are supposed to meet. A written version of his talk was accepted for publication by the German “Journal für Religionsphilosophie”. [more]

Panel discussion – Loss of home and displacement: global causes

November 07, 2017
The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 on the topic of flight and displacement. Titled “Wohin? Was passiert, wenn Menschen ihre Lebensgrundlage verlieren”, the event, which will take place in German, will feature short presentations of ethnographic case studies by seven researchers, followed by a discussion in which they will take questions from the audience. The event is open to the public but registration is requested. To register, please e-mail or call 089 2108-1668. [more]

"Before Boas" by Han F. Vermeulen awarded the ICAS Book Prize 2017

August 17, 2017
Han F. Vermeulen, research associate and historian of anthropology at the Department 'Integration and Conflict' of the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, has received another award for his book Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment. The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) has honoured him with the ICAS Book Prize 2017 in the category "English Language Edition – Social Sciences" during a plenary ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 20 July. [more]

Han F. Vermeulen’s publication Before Boas is rated as one of the Books of the Year 2016 by the Süddeutsche Zeitung

March 10, 2017
Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment by Han F. Vermeulen, is named as one of the Books of the Year 2016 by Horst Bredekamp in the Süddeutsche Zeitung [more]

Anaïs Ménard receives ‘Otto Hahn Award’

June 17, 2016
Anaïs Ménard of the Research Group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast (West Africa)” at the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ was awarded the ‘Otto Hahn Medal’ and the ‘Otto Hahn Award’ of the Max Planck Society [more]

New book published by Sandra Calkins

March 21, 2016
'Who Knows Tomorrow? Uncertainty in North‐Eastern Sudan' by Sandra Calkins [more]

The Morning After: Anthropology and the Ebola Hangover

February 22, 2016
New Blog Post on the challenging relations between anthropology and the international Ebola response [more]

Terrorism: Main Topic on the Website of the MPS

January 25, 2016
Terrorism is currently the main topic on the website of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology contributes with an interview with Carolin Görzig and an article by Günther Schlee [more]

Echi Christina Gabbert is Hiob Ludolf Professor at Hamburg University

May 19, 2015
For the summer term 2015 Echi Christina Gabbert is Hiob Ludolf Professor at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University, Asia-African Sciences [more]
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